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8/14/12
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koko55

Free trip to Hawaii --- Google seeing fake Duplicate Meta Descriptions

OK guys this is driving me crazy!! II am ready to give someone a free trip to Hawaii who will come up with the real answer!! Google is seeing this one single page as having several "Duplicate Meta Descriptions"  This makes no sense because there is only ONE PAGE  and only one meta descriptoin, if you click on anyone of these links it takes you to the same page, does anyone know what is going  on here? I can't redirect or use a canonical tag because there is no place to send it!! This is a wordpress blog.

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Google user
8/14/12
Google user
Couldn't you set the canonical link to /blog/page/65/ ?

Alternately, you could put the id into the meta description.

ShopSafe
8/14/12
ShopSafe
Hello mrbruce1. :)

Give the holiday to charity because the answer's too easy.

Go to this link in Webmaster Tools.


Add two parameters, "level" and "id", and select "No, doesn't affect content on page" . Job's done.

(I don't think "mode, sortby etc" should be needed but somebody else might have a better idea).
JohnMu
8/16/12
JohnMu
Hi mrbruce1

In general, as long as these URLs are found on your site, we'll show those URLs there. Using the URL parameter handling tool can help a bit, better would be to make sure that they're not found at all though. For example, going to one of them (I'll add a space to prevent linking), it shows that it links to similar URLs:

on http://www.hawaii-aloha .com/blog/page/64/?level=album&id=14&mode=slideshow it includes:

<p><!-- this is ugly -->
<span class="next"><a href="http://www.hawaii-aloha. com/blog/page/63/?level=album&#038;id=14&#038;mode=slideshow" >Next Posts</a></span>
<span class="previous"><a href="http://www.hawaii-aloha. com/blog/page/65/?level=album&#038;id=14&#038;mode=slideshow" >Previous Posts</a></span>
</p>

Cleaning these links will help us to crawl your website without running into those URLs. 

Once they are cleaned up - optimally with a rel=canonical as well - it will generally still take a bit of time to crawl and reindex all of those URLs properly (this can take several months). 

Generally speaking, this kind of issue is not critical, so it's not something that absolutely must be resolved as soon as possible. It's a bit sub-optimal because we waste time crawling unnecessary URLs, but it won't significantly change your site's crawling, indexing, or ranking when it's fixed, so don't feel rushed to change something here. None the less, it's always good to clean issues up when you discover them :)

Cheers
John
 
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